Oyegun reveals plan to mandate APC members to pay monthly membership fee

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Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Chief John Oyegun, has revealed that following the party’s precarious financial position, it has come up with plans to improve its finances.

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Oyegun, who attributed the current financial crisis rocking the ruling party to President Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged zero tolerance for corruption, disclosed that the party has concluded arrangement to mandate its members across the country to pay monthly due.

He said, “The party has to be innovative in raising its own funds. We have concluded all the arrangements, put the machineries in motion. We now get regular contributions in the executive arm of government, meaning government or political appointees.

“We get from the Senate, we also get from the House of Representatives and we have concluded online arrangements to get from the generality of membership all over the country.

“Every member will now have to pay the sum of N100 only per month as a member. And if at the end of one year there are members who do not pay at all, then they are automatically delisted. For any member of the party to be qualified to vote or be voted for, you must have valid membership credentials, which includes paid up membership. So, the party is set and running. It has taken time to fine-tune, particularly the membership drive nationwide and we have to take the general educational level in the rural areas into consideration and of course, since it is a low level of cash but cumulatively amounting into a lot of money, we have to design a system that is as fool proof as possible.”

He, however, debunked reports that the party was owing staff working in its secretariat several month salaries.

“We have had difficulties on paying salaries once or twice. That is normal in the situation we are in. The Buhari administration will not touch one kobo of government funds for political purposes. So, the party, like any other institution will have to raise funds. Occasionally, we don’t get all the funds that we require to meet all our commitments but things are improving on a daily basis and very soon, all these will be things of the past,” Oyegun said.

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